The Effects Of Negative Relationships Between Team Members And The Overall Performance Of The Team

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Group cohesion is a topic that is studied across all spectrums of psychology, one more then the discipline of social psychology. For a team to be cohesive they must interact, play, and perform under one identity, or working for one common goal. The emphasis of cohesion in a team has been positively correlated, looking at certain relationships within a team, one can come to the realization that a team works like an engine, different compartments and systems working together to achieve the final goal. A team is based off of a series of interpersonal relationships, experienced through one on one interaction, and also through observing how others react with each other. A study done by de Jong, Gurseu, and Leenders (2014) examines the impact of negative relationships between team members and the overall performance of the team. In this study, the organizations examined range from banks, health care organizations, and university’s etc… . The purpose of this study was to examine the consequences of negative relationships amongst the teams overall performance (de Jong, Gurseu, Leenders, 2014). It was shown that when teammates interfere with others task-related efforts and create an unpleasant working environment the performance of that individual decreases (de Jong et al., 2014). Also, people who witness negative interactions between co-workers are more likely to display negativity, or bring the moral of the team down through “emotional contagion”(de Jong et al., 2014). This study…

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